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Backyard Blessings: Everyday art

How do you learn about an artist if not by encountering the works of his/her hands and the spirit that shows itself in the everyday life which we share?

It seems obvious that we learn about God, the creator and maintainer of the universe by encountering God's works and the spirit that shows itself in our everyday lives. I've puzzled over that a lot because it's not easy for me to separate out the 'human' stories from 'God truths'...but it has finally sunk in that there is no difference. God made everything... including humans and our everyday spirits of wonder and creativity and craft.

Our thoughts come from God.

Our attempts at gardening or painting or rearing children or building bridges come from God's creative original design.

We CAN get to know God bit by bit as we live our daily lives...being observant, as we would be observant of a friend, or a plant in our garden, or a work of art by a neighbor.

It's convenient to think that we learn about God from the Bible. And stop there. But how do we learn about God when written books are not within reach? Is God's word confined to the printed word? I would think not...

That would mean that if we were stranded on the proverbial desert island, we could not learn about God. That's a verrrrry small God, indeed!

God's breath is in the wisp of air we breathe.
God's love is in the touch we share with all creation.
God's light glows within our souls to awaken us each day and enlighten our dreams.
God's design unfolds in our enthusiasms -- our joys that bring delight and energy.
God is. Just IS...

Anywhere we look there is a sign from God that God lives in and around and with our every thought, our every move, our every motivation.

What patience...to listen quietly to our boisterous heart...to place before us one tiny lesson at a time -- wisdom sized to the need of the day. A meal of spiritual energy to soothe, to care, to lighten the load we heap upon our backs.

If we take the time...and give the credit to the true creator of this wonder, we can come to accept that we are always, always walking side by side, held in the embrace of God's oneness.

It's hard to give credit where credit is due when the heat of battle rages. And it's hard to give credit where credit is due when we think we act alone. That no one cares. That survival depends solely upon our wiles and wits. That no one will help.

But God's processes are already in place...

  • Harvest at the end of a season -- all in due time.
  • The give and take of caring for one another in family and community
  • The rising sun each morning to brighten our day and grow our gardens...

    God's work is never done!

    And we are part of that work...God works in our fingers and our smiles and our hugs. In our generosity, our creativity and our gentleness. And God is there in the trees we don't notice. In the butterflies that flitter silently by. In the spaces between all the words in all the thoughts we share on paper or wood or electronic bits and bytes.

    God just is.

    So smile already !!!!!! ;-)

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